A Mind To Murder by P D James book
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  • A Mind to Murder was written by P D James (published by Popular Library Books, 1976) A rather slow-moving book, definitely not a page turner
  • The other interesting piece of information here was about the use of LSD in the treatment of mental patients at that time

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      A Mind to Murder was written by P D James (published by Popular Library Books, 1976)

      A rather slow-moving book, definitely not a page turner; I likened it to a safe, cozy story to spend time with. Though I am curious about the investigation and its outcome, I am just not enthralled enough to pursue the conclusion.

      The administrative officer, Miss Bolam was found murdered in the basement of the Steen psychiatric clinic. She was not popular among the


      staff and patients, as Inspector Adam Dalgliesh had discovered. Through his initial interviews, he conjectured that she was meddlesome, rigid and condescending. Dagliesh had a list of potential suspects to work with - there were some whose affairs she interfered in, and others who would like to have her transferred to other positions. Nurse Bolam, cousin to Miss Bolam, benefited from her death as well, as she died before changing her will. Dagliesh unearthed ...

      • secret affairs, blackmail, greed and a subsequent attempt to murder. The porter who was found guilty of blackmail, had been assumed by many to be an obliging and nice person; he was in reality an unpleasant and greedy character who would not stop at murder to achieve his end. However he did not murder Miss Bolam.

        Besides Miss Bolam’s murder, there were the supporting characters their secrets and affairs jazzed up the whole story. Dalgliesh’s intelligence was

        really impressive; his ability to deduce blackmailing from the complicated patient card system was astounding. His insecurities showed up strongly here; he was worried about failing to solve a case, or even calling up a woman friend for dinner. The other interesting piece of information here was about the use of LSD in the treatment of mental patients at that time. Overall, the story is fine, with good plots and twists; just that it runs at too gentle a pace!




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